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Istria County Culinary & nightlife

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Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

2. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. Imagine that you have a huge snorkelling mask but you don't have to get wet to observe what is going on under the sea. Experience transparent kayaking the way it's supposed to be. During the tour, catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos. Don't forget to look up at the starry sky and take in the heavens.

From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Lunch & Tastings

3. From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Lunch & Tastings

Discover the wonders of Istria County on this multi-stop, guided tour from your choice of meeting point in Rovinj or Bale. Blend into local life as you explore the towns of Poreč, Grožnjan, and Motovun. Enjoy lunch at a local eatery and join a truffle tasting. The first stop is in Poreč. Here, you can see golden early-Christian mosaics at the Euphresian Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site (entry fee not included). After a walking tour of Poreč, head to Grožnjan, a village that was abandoned entirely after World War II and has since been revitalized with the help of artists from all around Yugoslavia. Romantic stone-cobbled alleys and colorful workshops around every corner make the tiny town of Grožnjan a must-see location in Istria. Afterward, continue to Motovun, the mightiest hilltop town in Istria. Once in Motovun, try the most expensive mushroom in the world during a truffle tasting. Walk the panoramic city walls and admire Istria in all its glory before arriving at a konoba, the local word for trattoria (Italian-style eatery). You'll return to Rovinj or Bale in the late afternoon.

Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

4. Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

Discover the magnificent and protected nature reserve Cape Kamenjak. The waters of the sea are nowhere more bluish-green and crystal clean than in this locality – the southernmost tip of Istria. The rocky beaches alternate with sandy coves. Kamenjak is situated in a purely natural environment, there are no campsites, hotels or buildings. Further on the way, close to the bay of Pinizule, the ancient dinosaur footprints were discovered in the rock slabs several years ago. Upon arrival in Kamenjak, cycle along a narrow path and pass by beautiful beaches, with a unique view to the open sea's vastness. Stop at the very tip of the Istrian peninsula. Return by bike to Pula with a stopover for wine tasting of the famous Istrian wine, served with authentic Istrian cold dishes.

Pula Food Walking Tour

5. Pula Food Walking Tour

You will meet your guide at Arena at 7 PM, and then we know you will amaze your senses! The historical importance of Pula is still seen even after more than 2000 years since the Romans came. We will pass some of the most important architectural phenomena of that time with an outstanding Amphitheatre (outside visit) being the most memorable. During our walk, we will stop at 5 different food stations (full dinner) where we will taste some of the unique local dishes and drinks, we will combine new & trendy with local and traditional so you will be able to understand what makes Istrian gastronomy so special.

Šišan: Organic Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

6. Šišan: Organic Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

Take your taste buds on an adventure at Bruno's winery, the southernmost winery in Istria. Walk through his cellars and hear more about the craft of winemaking. Sip 5 wines which are served with snacks. Discover how his space has excellent conditions for the wine production process of fermentation, ageing, and maturing the wine. Stroll around the modernist building that is dominated by concrete and glass. Enjoy tasting a glass of wine while overlooking the barrel room. Experience savoring the wine while peering into the heart of the production process. Try flavors that were harvested from vineyards that are planted in Istrian red soil which is rich in minerals and saturated with lime stone. Admire wine that was made organically to preserve the authenticity and naturalness of the grapes.

Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

7. Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour, you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades. Hum – the smallest town in the world Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe. Motovun – the most famous medieval town of Istria Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country – Motovun. This fascinating town that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. These white truffles are said by many to be as good as their French and Italian counterparts. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.” During your visit to Motovun, you will get to experience these delicious local truffle products for yourself. Grožnjan – town of artists and music Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

Istria: Guided Tour of Southern Istria and Olive Oil Tasting

8. Istria: Guided Tour of Southern Istria and Olive Oil Tasting

Discover the medieval Istrian towns of Bale, Rovinj, and Vodnjan on a guided tour of southern Istria. Visit idyllic locations and marvel at spectacular scenery as you learn about the region's history from your guide. Enjoy a convenient pickup and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you journey through the peninsula's incredible landscapes. Your first stop of the day, the town of Bale. One of Croatia's best-kept secrets, this stone town was built on a hill and is surrounded by seemingly endless olive groves and vineyards. Follow your guide down narrow, cobbled streets on a walking tour of this medieval gem before heading to your next stop, the coastal town of Rovinj. Once a fishing port and today a tourist resort, Rovinj is considered one of the most photogenic towns in the Mediterranean. Wander its streets accompanied by your guide and learn about this idyllic seaside town. After your walking tour, make the most of some free time and indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries. Fueled by your meal, hop back into the van and head to your next and final destination for the day, Vodnjan. In Vodnjan, you'll stop at the local olive oil farm Chiavalon. This family farm specializes in growing olives and producing high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Take part in a guided tasting of the estate's award-winning oils. End your day with a comfortable return transfer.

Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

9. Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

Parenzana was a narrow gauge railway which connected Trieste with Porec, operating from 1902 until 1935. It was eliminated due to not being profitable and because cheaper and faster road transportation existed.  Today the Parenzana route attracts many visitors during the year. With its nine tunnels, six bridges, viaducts and stations the route is ideal for everyone who wants to discover and get to know Istria. Enjoy a hotel pick-up, and then head to Groznjan, a small Istrian town of great cultural heritage, in more recent history known as the “Town of Artists”. Then start your ride along Grožnjan’s narrow and cobbled streets. Continue your route on Parenzana with a beautiful view over the Mirna valley. Through tunnels and bridges, the road will take you to Livade. Then cross the Mirna River to reach the other side of the valley and climb towards Motovun, one of the most popular Istrian medieval towns. Here you will enjoy lunch in a beautiful local tavern. Then enjoy a return transfer to your hotel.

From Zadar: Full Day Private Tour of Medieval Motovun & Senj

10. From Zadar: Full Day Private Tour of Medieval Motovun & Senj

Take a ride to the medieval destinations of Senj and Motovun from the romantic city of Zadar. Make stops at the Vratnik Fortress, Nehaj Castle, and the Parenzana Tunnel for sightseeing, at-your-own-pace exploration, and photo opportunities. Enjoy pickup from your accommodation and depart for your adventure early in the morning. Make your first stop at the Viewpoint Maruna for quick sightseeing and taking photographs of the stunning view. Then, arrive at the Vratnik Fortress for a quick history lesson and photo op. Up next, take your time for an hour at Nehaj Castle, with a guide included in the experience. Walk through the castle's walls and learn important facts about the building's history. Find yourself next at the Gates of the Adriatic, a rest stop that includes options for food, drinks, and washrooms. Take as many photos as you like and enjoy the ambiance of the environment. Then, explore Motovun on your own, an Istrian Village that was once occupied by both the Celts and the Illyrians. Take the option to discover the town in the hills with a guide if you want the full experience. Afterward, spend some time at the Parenzana Tunnel. Admire the beautiful stonework as you walk through the arched passway and learn its historical importance. Afterward, make a final rest stop at Macola, where you can eat and pose with the stuffed animals.

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This is the perfect way to explore green Istria. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with our guide. The route was breathtaking. We visited all the places we wanted to see - Groznjan and Motovun, before stopping for a lovely lunch on top of Motovun. The ebikes make this journey so much more enjoyable. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves nature, outdoors and adventure.

A beautiful tour with really nice people and a captain who put his focus on targeting dolphins and getting the best possible experience for the guests without disturbing the animals! The tour is absolutely recommendable and exceeded our expectations!!

We had a great experience. Everyone on the team is super nice and enjoys their job. Our tour guide Ivan was great and in a great mood. Our expectations were met and we are super happy to have done the tour.

Very safe and helpful instruction by kind and caring staff, most impressed. Stunning activity would highly recommend.

It was a great and unique experience, very friendly guide and staff. Would deffinetely recommend